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US PET imports up 27% in August; surge from Taiwan, Pakistan
HOUSTON, October 5, 2016 (PCW) -- US imports of packaging grade PET totaled 55,837 metric tons in August, up 27% or by 12,790 mt from August 2015, the latest USA Trade Online data show.
For all 2015, imports totaled 593,318 mt valued at $695.5 million.
Imports from Taiwan, the second largest source after Mexico, totaled 9,377 mt, up 98% or 4,652 mt from August 2016. Imports from Brazil at 4,312 mt were up 336% or 3,322 mt, and from Pakistan they totaled 5,468 mt, up 224% or 3,783 mt from August 2015.
Imports from Mexico in August totaled 17,013 mt--30% of the total--and were up 16% or 2,380 mt, from August 2015. Imports in August came from 21 countries. -- Xavier A Cronin